Children’s skin: rashes and eczema
Just like yours, children’s skin can be troublesome. Whether that’s a skin condition like eczema or a rash, we know you might be worried about any unusual redness, bumps or dryness on your children’s skin. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on rashes and eczema.
Common rashes in children
From viruses and allergic reactions, to heat and skin conditions there are several common causes of rashes in babies and children.
Most rashes aren’t serious, but it’s always sensible to see your GP or come in store and speak to a member of our healthcare team, who can give you advice and recommend products that can help.
Heat and sweat can cause small red, itchy spots known as ‘prickly heat’ or heat rash. It should clear up without treatment, but keeping the skin cool can help.
A raised, itchy red rash can appear as an allergic reaction to stings, medicines or food. It should usually clear up in about two days.
What is Eczema?
Top tips for treating Eczema
- Gently smooth an unperfumed moisturiser all over the body several times a day to keep your child’s skin moist.
- Try to keep your child’s bedroom cool as getting hot and sweaty can make their eczema worse.
- Speak to a member of our healthcare team about other treatment options that can also help. For more information about eczema in babies and children, click here.
- Try to identify and avoid anything that irritates your children’s skin or makes problems worse, like soap powder of chemical sprays.
- Some fabrics can irritate the skin, such as wool and nylon, so if they do try to stick to cotton.
What can trigger eczema to flare up?
- Soap, detergents and perfume/fragrance
- Changes/extremes in temperature, humidity and sweating
- Skin infection
- Tree/grass/weed pollen
- Wool/synthetic clothing
- House dust mite droppings
Products to try
- Sudocrem – An antiseptic healing cream.
- E45 lotion – Dermatalogical moisturising lotion for dry and sensitive skin
- Hydrocortisone cream – to treat allergic reactions.*
For more help to look after your children’s skin, come instore and talk to a member of our healthcare team.
*Do not use hydrocortisone cream in pregnancy or on children under 10 years without medical advice.
Always read the label and ask our pharmacist for advice.